p.2 (** Note - For several weeks most of the paper has been taken up with election politics; consequently there was little room for marine material. But these two articles show the involvement of politics in the shipping industry. - ed.)
The Shovellers' Question - For the information of the Whig, none of the work contracted by Ald. Gaskin has been done in Montreal for the last two years. The repairs on the boats are all done here, a gang of men being kept for that purpose all the year, and no man asked whether he is a Grit or Conservative when he seeks employment. As far as hauling out is concerned, when the ways in Kingston are disengaged, he gets the work done here, when they are he must get it wherever he can. Mr. W. Power can tell the same story if he were disposed.
The Dry Dock Job - Ald. Gaskin has called to say that what he said was "stock" and not "bonus." Reporter's mistake, probably. The explanation given by Mr. Gaskin when the matter was before the people appears to have satisfied them, as was evinced by the cold shoulder they gave the by-law.
p.3 The Gale - Since yesterday a heavy gale has been blowing, the prevailing direction of the wind being west-south-west. It is a very fortunate circumstance that there were very few vessels in the harbour, or else the damage might have been considerable. The only accident in the harbour was to the yacht G.S. Oldrieve, which broke from its moorings and ran against the new pier at the upper end of the harbour, causing some damage to her. The schooner Richardson, while coming from Oswego, ran for shelter to Amherst Island, and dragging her anchor, she went ashore at the head of the island. Captain Donnelly, with the Hiram Calvin, went up to pull her off this afternoon. The schooner Hibernia, loaded with lumber from Mill Point to Oswego, is reported to be waterlogged and upset off Bath. The scow Pearl is also ashore near Bath. The schr. Starling is ashore at Black River, Lake Erie, about 30 miles above Cleveland. The mail boat was not able to go out last night, owing to the high wind. The schr. Dundee came into harbour this morning, with a portion of her bulwarks washed off. She is anchored off the ship-yard.